Recent publications

Shadows on the Sea: The Maritime Mysteries of Britain, by Neil Arnold

From the publisher’s website: Sink into the depths … The great oceans of the world have long been considered alien environments said to harbour strange creatures and unfathomable mysteries. This new book from full-time monster hunter Neil Arnold examines the maritime-rich heritage surrounding the coastline of Britain and the mysterious activity said to take place there. Shadows on the Sea explores eerie stories of phantom ships upon frothing waves, sailor’s stories, fishermen’s tales and impossible monsters said to hide within the inky depths, not forgetting weird tales of USOs – unidentified submarine-type objects – and other mysterious lights witnessed out at sea. Compiling hundreds of stories and many eyewitness accounts, from the spine-chilling to the utterly bizarre, this volume is an exploration of the unknown that takes the reader on a voyage through strange tales and roaring seas.


Shadows on the Sea. The History Press, April 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0752487724


Evenings at Home in Spiritual Séance, by Georgiana Houghton

From the publisher’s website: Spanning the years 1870–1881, Evenings at Home in Spiritual Séance documents the everyday, yet astonishing, experiences of spirit activity within the domestic space of the Victorian parlour. Through the intimacy of her diary-like prose, Houghton conjures cosy images of spirits laying the table for tea in what she called the “interblending of the heavenly and the mundane”. She is equally comfortable communicating with her beloved pet dove as she is with the archangel Gabriel, living an unassuming yet spiritually rich life, filled with people of this world and the next.  Houghton narrates her experiences of séances and trance mediumship with close friends, discusses her own automatic spirit drawings, and offers an autobiographical glimpse into her day-to-day business.

This critical edition, edited by Sara Williams, includes:

Introduction; author biography; select bibliography; explanatory footnotes; appendices on ‘Houghton in the Spiritualist press’, ‘Automatic spirit drawings’ and ‘Houghton’s spirit photography’

Sara Williams is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of English, University of Hull, where she completed her PhD ‘The Maternal Gaze in the Gothic’. Her research focuses on Victorian spirit photography and memorial portraiture, epistemologies of hysteria, Christian mysticism and Mariology and the everyday Gothic. She has published on the novel and film versions of The Exorcist and the life and work of H.P. Lovecraft, and her next project considers motifs of cannibalism in Catholic female hagiography.

 

Further details can be found at www.victoriansecrets.co.uk.  The book is available in both paperback and Kindle editions.


Evenings at Home. Victorian Secrets, April 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1906469269


A Lawyer Presents the Evidence for the Afterlife, by Victor and Wendy Zammit

From the publisher’s website: There could be many reasons why you are interested this book. Perhaps you are just curious about the afterlife. Or perhaps you have experienced the death of a loved one. It may be that you have had an out of body experience or a near death experience or another mystical experience. Or you may be realizing that we all inevitably have to make the journey to the afterlife one day.  If you have been trained to respect scientific method you will not just accept tradition or wishful thinking. You want something that can be supported by evidence. You want highly reliable information as to whether or not we continue to live in the afterlife. And you want to know whether it is possible to get a message from your loved ones.

You want to know that the things people report about the afterlife are real and can be validated. You want hard, repeatable evidence that no one can rebut. You want witnesses, scientists, professionals and others with the highest credibility. You want to feel that the information you are receiving about the afterlife is the truth, the whole truth. And you may want something that you can share with friends and family members to show that there are good scientific reasons for accepting that there is more to life than the materialists claim.  This book presents highly convincing evidence amounting to proof for the existence of the afterlife. It shows that after investigating the evidence, some of the most brilliant men and women ⎯ scientists and others – came to the conclusion that we all survive death.  The mediums and psychics studied by scientists were of course exceptional. They were the best of the best. People should be aware that not all psychics and mediums are developed to this degree and people take care in choosing a medium.

This new and expanded version includes important new research and the latest discoveries. But once again it concentrates on evidence that is credible, repeatable and admissible in a court of law.  The book gives an introduction to more than twenty different areas of evidence for the afterlife giving you the key facts and references

Victor and Wendy Zammit,

 

Since 2001 and Victor and Wendy have maintained a website www.victorzammit.com which makes available scientific and objective evidence on the afterlife free of charge and has been viewed by over a million visitors. Every Friday they send out a weekly Afterlife Report containing the latest research to many thousands of subscribers in more than 70 countries.


A Lawyer Presents the Evidence for the Afterlife. White Crow Books, May 2013. ISBN-13: 978-1908733221


Resurrecting Leonora Piper: How Science Discovered the Afterlife, by Michael Tymn

From the publisher’s website: Some three years after the Society for Psychical Research (SPR) was founded in London in 1882, Leonora Piper, a young Boston, Massachusetts housewife, was “discovered” by William James, a pioneering psychologist, of Harvard University.  Messages were delivered through Mrs. Piper that seemed to be coming from spirits of the dead.  Soon after the discovery of Mrs. Piper, the American branch of the SPR (ASPR) was formed under the guidance of Professor James, and its primary task became the study of her mediumship, although it undertook the investigation of other mediums and paranormal phenomena, as well.

A number of other reputable scientists and scholars studied Mrs. Piper for a quarter of a century.  Unfortunately, because of the resistance of mainstream science on one end and orthodox religion on the other, the latter seeing communication with spirits as demonic, the research has been, for the most part, filed away in dust-covered cabinets and written off by many as outdated.  Skeptics deride it as the product of hallucination and delusion and conclude that Mrs. Piper was just another charlatan, one clever enough to dupe many intelligent men and women in hundreds of observations over some 25 years.

As the researchers came to understand, spirits face many obstacles in communicating with the earth realm and thus their messages are often fragmentary, confusing, distorted, meaningless, and wrong.  Professor James called it the “bosh” material, seeing it as one major reason why Mrs. Piper’s mediumship was not more widely accepted.  In this book, author Michael Tymn filters out much of the bosh, permitting the reader to better appreciate the genuine communication.  He explores the various interpretations, other than fraud, considered by the researchers.  He approaches the subject as a lawyer arguing for the reality of spirit communication.  He believes that those who carefully study the research and take the time to understand it will likely see Leonora Piper as the “white crow” that William James proclaimed her to be – the one who proved that all crows are not black, the one who gave science some very intriguing evidence that, under certain conditions, the “dead” can communicate with us.

A sample chapter can be found on the White Crow Books website:

http://whitecrowbooks.com/books/sample/resurrecting_leonora_piper_how_science_discovered_the_afterlife

Michael Tymn discusses the book:

http://whitecrowbooks.com/michaeltymn/entry/an_interview_with_the_author_of_resurrecting_leonora_piper


Resurrecting Leonora Piper. White Crow Books, January 2013. ISBN-13: 978-1908733726


Hallucinations, by Oliver Sacks

From the publisher’s website: Hallucinations, for most people, imply madness. But there are many different types of non-psychotic hallucination caused by various illnesses or injuries, by intoxication – even, for many people, by falling sleep. From the elementary geometrical shapes that we see when we rub our eyes to the complex swirls and blind spots and zigzags of a visual migraine, hallucination takes many forms. At a higher level, hallucinations associated with the altered states of consciousness that may come with sensory deprivation or certain brain disorders can lead to religious epiphanies or conversions. Drawing on a wealth of clinical examples from his own patients as well as historical and literary descriptions, Oliver Sacks investigates the fundamental differences and similarities of these many sorts of hallucinations, what they say about the organization and structure of our brains, how they have influenced every culture’s folklore and art, and why the potential for hallucination is present in us all.


Hallucinations. Picador, November 2012. ISBN-13: 978-0307957245


Men and Women of Parapsychology: Personal Reflections, Esprit Volume 2, by Rosemarie Pilkington

From the publisher’s website: It’s a science that keeps a low profile. But its results have the potential to change the face of science itself. The science is parapsychology and its findings have been put to use in fields from archaeology to medicine. Who are the men and women of parapsychology? Who are the brilliant, talented individuals who have spent most of their lives exploring the mysteries of consciousness? Why did they choose to enter such a controversial field of science? Why did they persist in their investigation and risk being ostracized by many mainstream scientists? What advice do they have for young people entering the field? The answers to these questions and more can be found in this new book entitled Men and Women of Parapsychology, Personal Reflections, Esprit Volume 2, edited by Rosemarie Pilkington. The book contains mini-autobiographies of 21 pioneering researchers from the United States and Europe.  This work is the second in a series edited by Rosemarie Pilkington, the first being Esprit, Men and Women of Parapsychology, Personal Reflections, Volume 1, which features the stories of 12 other notable researchers.

Rosemarie Pilkington earned a Ph.D. in Psychology (Consciousness Studies) from Saybrook Graduate Institute, under the mentorship of Prof. Stanley Krippner. She has written articles and reviews of books on psi phenomena for Fate, the Journal of the American Society for Psychical Research, and other periodicals. The first volume in this series, Esprit, Men and Women of Parapsychology Personal Reflections, Volume 1, and her book, The Spirit of Dr. Bindelof: The Enigma of Seance Phenomena, a study of physical mediumship, are both also published by Anomalist Books. Visit her websites at AreSpiritsReal.com and parapsychology-bios.com.

Contents:

Editor’s Note

Foreword by Nancy L. Zingrone

The Questions

Mary Rose Barrington: Beyond The Boggle Threshold: Confessions Of A Macro-Addict

Eberhard Bauer: On the Magic Hill

William Braud: On Exceptions and the Attraction of the Unexplained Residua

Stephen Braude: My Career on the Margins

Richard S. Broughton: Don’t Hold Your Breath

Larry Dossey: Hooked on Healing: Adventures in Nonlocal Mind

Sally Rhine Feather: Continuing the Legacy

Erlendur Haraldsson: The Question of Appearance and Reality

Arthur Hastings: A Confluence of Streams

Stanley Krippner: My Parapsychological Odyssey

Lawrence LeShan: An Interview

Roger Nelson: Thirty Years and Counting

John Palmer: My Career in Parapsychology and Advice for Others

Guy Lyon Playfair: Adventures on the Night-Side

William G. Roll: A Lifetime of Searching

Serena Roney-Dougal: For the Love of Mind: Exploring Psyche

Stephan A. Schwartz: Explorations in the Infinite

Rex G. Stanford: Personal Reflections

Russell Targ: Why I Am Convinced of the Reality of Psychic Abilities, and Why You Should Be, Too

Charles T. Tart: The Parapsychological Side of My Career

Walter von Lucadou: The Paranormal is Normal But Quite Different


Men and Women of Parapsychology. Anomalist Books, April 2013. ISBN-13: 978-1938398018


Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions, by Stephen Frosh

From the publisher’s website: Hauntings: Psychoanalysis and Ghostly Transmissions shows how the present is troubled by the past and by the future, using the idea of haunting to explore psychoanalytically how identities, beliefs, intimacies and hatreds are transmitted across generations and between people. It deals with the secrets that we inherit, the 'pull' of the past, and the way emotions, thoughts and impulses enter into us from others as a kind of immaterial yet real communication. This book demonstrates how past oppressions return, demanding acknowledgement and reparation, and explores how recognition and forgiveness can arise from this. Rooted in psychoanalysis, postcolonial and psychosocial studies, Frosh addresses the question of what passes through and between human subjects and how these things structure social and psychopolitical life.

Contents:

Acknowledgements

Introduction: Psychoanalysis as a Ghostly System

Facing the Truth about Ourselves

Ghostly Psychoanalysis

The Evil Eye

Telepathy

Transmission

Forgiveness

Conclusion

References


Hauntings. Palgrave Macmillan, January 2013. ISBN-13: 978-1137031273


Poltergeist over Scotland, by Geoff Holder

From the publisher’s website: In 1945 the celebrated researcher Harry Price published Poltergeist over England, popularising the word poltergeist (German for ‘noisy ghost’) and making famous the kind of physical haunting characterised by thrown objects, mysterious noises, and damage by fire or water. Now, for the first time, an astonishing array of historical Scottish poltergeist cases are gathered together, from the seventeenth century to the modern period – unearthing many episodes that have remained neglected for centuries. Some were no doubt hoaxes, but in others, multiple witnesses testified to disturbing events enacted over months. Whatever the true cause of the events, the historical evidence from Scotland suggests that poltergeist phenomena are undoubtedly real.

Author Biography   Geoff Holder is an expert on the darker side of Scottish history. He has written more than 20 books on the subject, including various volumes in the Paranormal and Haunted series, the Guide to Mysterious series and Scottish Bodysnatchers. His upcoming books include Bloody British History: Edinburgh. A long-standing member of institutions such as The Ghost Club, he lecturers and leads guided walks throughout the year. He lives in Perth.


Poltergeist over Scotland. The History Press, January 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0752482835


Extreme Hauntings: Britain’s Most Terrifying Ghosts, by Paul Adams and Eddie Brazil

From the publisher: A comprehensive guide to Britain’s most terrifying ghost stories, exploring the dark world of the paranormal.  Ghost stories have both terrified and intrigued for centuries. Some people dismiss them off hand, others like to delve deeper into the mystery, and there are those that have had first hand experiences. In Extreme Hauntings, the most terrifying British ghost stories are brought together in this unique and original compilation of spine-chilling true encounters, both ancient and modern. Including tales of deadly curses, murderous ghosts, violent poltergeists, haunted relics and spirit possession, all manner of hauntings are detailed with unsettling insights into a supernatural realm.

From the mysterious happenings at Hinton Ampner and the eerie Black Monk of Pontefract, to the celebrated Enfield Poltergeist and the sinister power of the Hexham Heads, this new title from paranormal historian Paul Adams & writer Eddie Brazil delves into paranormal cases that span over 250 years. Detailing supernatural happenings from the 18th century to the present day, Extreme Hauntings is a detailed examination of hauntings from across the UK that will chill you to the bone.


Extreme Hauntings. The History Press, March 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0-7524-6535-7


Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death, by Sam Parnia

From the publisher’s website: Erasing Death: The Science That Is Rewriting the Boundaries Between Life and Death reveals that death is not a moment in time. Death, rather, is a process—a process that can be interrupted well after it has begun. Innovative techniques have proven to be effective in revitalizing both the body and mind, but they are only employed in approximately half of the hospitals throughout the United States and Europe.

 Dr. Sam Parnia, Director of the AWARE Study (AWAreness during REsuscitation) and one of the world’s leading experts on the scientific study of death and near-death experiences (NDE), presents cutting-edge research from the front lines of critical care and resuscitation medicine while also shedding light on the ultimate mystery: What happens to human consciousness during and after death? Dr. Parnia reveals how some form of “afterlife” may be uniquely ours, as evidenced by the continuation of the human mind and psyche after the brain stops functioning.  Questions about the "self" and the "soul" that were once relegated to theology, philosophy, or even science fiction are now being examined afresh according to rigorous scientific research

With physicians such as Parnia at the forefront, we are on the verge of discovering a new universal science of consciousness that reveals the nature of the mind and a future where death is not the final defeat, but is in fact reversible.


Erasing Death. HarperOne, February 2013. ISBN-13: 978-0062080608


More regional paranormal guides from Amberley Publishing, by multiple authors: Austin, Cadey, Cameron, Butt, English, Smith

Amberley Publishing is one of the most significant producers of regional paranormal books in the country, issuing them at a prodigious rate.  I’ve rounded up a few titles, but this is just a sample, and I would recommend visiting their website to see if there is one for your area, or an area you plan to visit.  You can find reviews of some of the other titles on this website.

 

Paranormal Anglesey, by Bunty Austin, 2013, ISBN 9781848683150

Paranormal Bath, by Malcolm Cadey, 2010, ISBN 9781848681767

Paranormal Eastbourne, by Janet Cameron, 2010, ISBN 9781848689961

Paranormal Leicester, by Stephen Butt, 2011, ISBN 9781848687523

Paranormal Surrey, by Marq English, 2011, ISBN 9781848688964

Haunted Wiltshire, by Sonia Smith, 2012, ISBN 9781848684027





Science, the Self, and Survival after Death: Selected Writings of Ian Stevenson, by Emily Williams Kelly (ed.)

From the publisher’s website: Ian Stevenson was a prominent and internationally-known psychiatrist, researcher, and well-regarded figure in the field of psychical research. Science, the Self, and Survival after Death is the first book devoted to surveying the entirety of his work and the extraordinary scope and variety of his research. He studied universal questions that cut to the core of a person’s identity: What is consciousness? How did we become the unique individuals that we are? Do we survive in some form after death? Stevenson’s writings on the nature of science and the mind-body relationship, as well as his empirical research, demonstrate his strongly held belief that the methods of science can be applied successfully to such humanly vital questions. Featuring a selection of his papers and excerpts from his books, this collection presents the larger context of Stevenson’s work and illustrates the issues and questions that guided him throughout his career.

 

Introduction
General Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
1. “Some of My Journeys in Medicine” (1989)
Part 1: New Ideas in Science
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
2. “Scientists with Half-Closed Minds” (1958)
3. “What Are the Irreducible Components of the Scientific Enterprise?” (1999)
Part 2: The Nature of Human Personality
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
4. “Why Medicine is Not a Science” (1949)
5. Excerpts from “The End of Patient Abuse in Medical Care” (1985)
6. Excerpts from “Psychosomatic Medicine. Part I. What We Know about Illness and the Emotions” (1954)
7. “Bodily Changes Corresponding to Mental Images in the Person Affected” (1997)
8. “Bodily Changes Corresponding to Another Person’s Mental Images” (1997)
9. Excerpts from “Comments on the Psychological Effects of Mescaline and Allied Drugs” (1957)
10. Excerpts from “Can We Describe the Mind?” (1980)
Part 3: Psychical Research - Principles and Methods
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
11. “Changing Fashions in the Study of Spontaneous Cases” (1987)
12. Excerpts from “Comments on Paper by Michael Scriven” (1962) 
13. “Thoughts on the Decline of Major Paranormal Phenomena” (1990)
Part 4: Research on the Question of Survival After Death: Reviews
and Representative Case Reports
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
14. “Sources of Evidence Supporting a Belief in Survival” (1969)
15. “Research into the Evidence of Man’s Survival After Death” (1977)
a. Apparitions
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
16. Cases 1- 4 from “Six Modern Apparitional Experiences” (1995)
b. Deathbed Visions
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
17. Cases 5-6 from “Six Modern Apparitional Experiences” (1995)
c. Out-of-Body and Near-Death Experiences
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
18. “Cardiac Arrest Remembered” (1971)
19. Excerpts from “Comments on ‘The Reality of Death Experiences: A Personal Perspective’” (1980)
20. “The Case of Linda McKnight” (1998)
d. Mediumship: Drop-in Communicators
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
21. “A Communicator of the ‘Drop-In’ Type in Iceland: The Case of Gudni Magnusson” (1975)
e. Cases of the Reincarnation Type
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
22. Excerpts from “Reincarnation: Field Studies and Theoretical Issues”(1977)
23. “Some New Cases Suggestive of Reincarnation. IV: The Case of Ampan Petcherat” (1973)
24. “Three New Cases of the Reincarnation Type in Sri Lanka with Written Records Made before Verification” (1988)
f. Cases of the Reincarnation Type with Birthmarks and Birth Defects
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
25. Excerpt from Reincarnation and Biology (1997)
26. “Birthmarks and Birth Defects Corresponding to Wounds in Deceased Persons” (1993)
27. Case of Hanumant Saxena (1997)
g. Cases of Maternal Impressions
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
28. “A New Look at Maternal Impressions: An Analysis of 50 Published Cases and Reports of Two Recent Examples” (1992)
29. “A Case of Severe Birth Defects Possibly Due to Cursing” (1989)
h. Cases of the Possession Type
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
30. “A Case of the Possession Type in India with Evidence of Paranormal Knowledge” (1989)
i. Xenoglossy
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
31. “A Case of Secondary Personality with Xenoglossy” (1979) 
Part 5: Implications
Introduction (Emily Williams Kelly)
32. Excerpts from “The Explanatory Value of the Idea of Reincarnation” (1977)
33. Excerpts from “Comments on ‘Is Outcome for Schizophrenia Better in Nonindustrial Societies? The Case of Sri Lanka’” (1979)
34. “The Significance of Survival for Our Present Life” (1969)
35. “Assumptions of Religion and Psychiatry” (1955)
Conclusion: Toward a Tertium Quid (Emily Williams Kelly)
Appendix: Publications of Ian Stevenson


Science, the Self, and Survival after Death. Rowman & Littlefield, December 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1442221147


Haunted Lambeth, by James Clark

From the publisher’s website: Haunted Lambeth is a collection of real-life stories of apparitions and poltergeists from all across the London borough of Lambeth. Included are the ghost stories of Lambeth Palace, the terrifying tradition of the ‘Tomb of the Tradescants’, a ghost at The Old Vic Theatre, the dream house that haunted the entertainer Roy Hudd, supernatural echoes of Waterloo’s Necropolis Railway, the ghosts of Ruth Ellis and others at Streatham’s Caesar’s Nightclub. These stories have been collected and researched over many years, and come from a variety of sources including original newspaper articles, books and, as often as possible, personal communication with people directly involved.


Haunted Lambeth. The History Press, February 2013. ISBN: 9780752485775


Science and Spirit: Exploring the Limits of Consciousness, by Charles F. Emmons and Penelope Emmons

 

From the publisher’s website: Are you out of your body? At least part of you may be, if consciousness can extend beyond the brain in your skull. In Science and Spirit, authors Charles F. Emmons and Penelope Emmons explore some intriguing questions: What evidence is there for consciousness apart from the body, and what evidence is there for survival of consciousness after bodily death?

Through ethnographic interviews with scientists, observations at conferences, and visits to research institutes, they investigate the existence and meaning of ESP, out-of-body experiences, near-death experiences, reincarnation, spirit mediumship, lucid dreaming, and ghost experiences. In this study, they share a variety of scientific frames for looking at these questions and happenings, and they disclose their own paranormal experiences.

Science and Spirit uses a unique blend of strong academic and scientific theory and methodology and applies it to the examination of paranormal topics.

Charles F. Emmons is a sociologist at Gettysburg College. His books include Chinese Ghosts and ESP, At the Threshold, and Guided by Spirit. He appears on the Ghosts of Gettysburg television show, and he is a member of Exploring the Extraordinary and of the Society for Scientific Exploration .

Penelope Emmons, MSW, LSW, is a psychotherapist with a counseling and coaching practice in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. She coauthored Guided by Spirit. Emmons has facilitated metaphysical workshops in the United States and Canada and is also a Mandala Assessment Research Instrument practitioner and instructor, a healer, and a spirit medium.


Science and Spirit. iUniverse.com, August 2012. ISBN-13: 978-1475942644


A Beginner’s Guide to Paranormal Investigation - reissue, by Mark Rosney, Rob Bethell and Jebby Robinson

From the publisher’s website: You've seen paranormal investigations on TV, but what is it like to do an investigation yourself? If you have ever longed to conduct a ghost investigation, look for UFOs or find evidence of cryptozoological species roaming in the wilds, then this book is for you. Aimed at the complete beginner, A Beginner's Guide to Paranormal Investigation shows you what you need to know in order to conduct effective paranormal investigations - from assembling your basic kit through to revealing useful methods and techniques that will help you to conduct effective investigations in a no-nonsense manner. Since paranormal investigation can be a costly pastime, this book also shows you how to investigate on a shoestring budget. Written by the members of Para-Projects - three experienced paranormal investigators with over thirty collective years' investigation experience, this book is packed with handy hints and tips, charts and illustrations that will equip you in your quest to seek out the unknown - and increase your chances of capturing evidence of the paranormal on film, video and audio. Good hunting.


A Beginner’s Guide to Paranormal Investigation. Amberley Publishing, January 2013. ISBN: 9781445608983